Social Outreach Ministries
Social Ministries empowers volunteers to become the hands and feet of Jesus. We are blessed with being able to work with so many opportunities. What price is put on changed lives—of the receivers as well as the givers?
I would like to bring some visibility to a ministry operating in the city of Detroit I personally support. In early 2017 I joined the ministry “Steering Committee” for the formation of Camp Restore Detroit (CRD). CRD is not a 501(c) 3 non-profit ministry working out of a sister LCMS congregation, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Detroit. I was asked to join the Board of Directors and currently serve as a member of that board.
Our Michigan District has loaned CRD $250,000 to get the effort up and running, and it has been operating now for the last two summers. What was once a vibrant and productive community decades ago has deteriorated into almost a forgotten wasteland dotted with a few remaining houses. The devastation has been termed a “hurricane without water.” But the compelling love of Jesus will not allow this congregation’s effort to go unnoticed.
CRD is a bridge to the community that provides volunteers – from all over the United States – wishing to partner with the community to bring hope and restoration back to the people. The camp provides beds and food to volunteers, and coordinates all their service and partnerships in the city (Michigan District).
If you would be willing to assist CRD in the rebuilding efforts you will realize just what a unique opportunity you have to spread God’s LOVE and bring HOPE for a brighter future to many as well as meeting and working side-by-side with people who share the same mission and vision you have through a relationship with Jesus.
-Pastor Lew Stier
- NOTICE: Our Clothing Closet activity is currently on hold due to COVID-19 Safety Precautions. We are not currently accepting donations. If there is an immediate need for clothing items, please contact Jenny Jaroneski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Clothing sorters meet every Monday morning to process donations. Sorters are needed to bag and label clothing items. These items are then sorted based on their partner ministry destinations.
- Our clothing bank is used to stock items needed for our SSS Guests to receive on an as needed basis. In 2011 we also began to assist partner ministries with a specific need for clothing sized XL to XXXXXXL.
- High Needs Items for men and women: Jeans, T-Shirts, Hoodies/Sweatshirts, Coats, Boots & Sneakers.
Delivering Disciples is dedicated to providing pre-packaged, healthy meals at no cost to the under-privileged who are unable to either get or prepare their own meals.
Matthew 4:4 “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” We bring good food to those in need!
How We Serve
Prepackaged Frozen meals – Delivering Disciples prepares meals in a ServSafe Certified Kitchen that is registered with the Department of Health. Eats are prepared, cooled, packaged and frozen for distribution in freezer and microwave safe containers making them easy to warm and eat.
Who We Serve
Senior Living Facilities – Delivering Disciples will deliver meals to Senior Living Facilities with community members that are unable to acquire or prepare their own foods
Individuals – Delivering Disciples will deliver meals to qualifying individuals living in homes or apartments in our neighboring community.’
Charitable Organizations – Delivering Disciples partners with local homeless shelters and meal ministries to assist with food distribution on an as-needed basis.
- Trinity’s Food ministry consists of a network of charitable sources including Caterers, Forgotten Harvest and Donations from our community. We pick-up food donations from various locations, re-purpose and re-distribute between our Sunday Meal Program, Delivering Disciples and our Meal Ministry Partnerships. We work with Family of God, the Detroit Rescue Mission, Life Challenge, QTMC, Lighthouse, MCREST and People’s Missionary to assist them with serving people in need in their neighborhoods.
- A kitchen crew gathers on Mondays & Fridays from 12:30-2:30 to prepare meals for various ministries. Please contact Tammy Mizerski at email@example.com for more information.
HOME Ministry- (Hope Opportunity Mentoring Equipping) While the task force continues to meet to develop a strong program to help families in Macomb County avoid homelessness, God continues to show us the need and His power to make this a reality.
Pastor Lew recently shared a story of God’s version of “a bag of money falling from the sky.” A women he met with was facing eviction. She was a substitute teacher who had fallen behind on her rent. She had found a new job, however, the start date wasn’t soon enough to pay her balance by the court hearing. Trinity was able to provide a “letter of commitment” for $400.00. Pastor counseled her that “a bag of money was probably not going to drop out of the sky and on to her porch.” The Good Shepherd Coalition and another church were also able to assist. However, she was still short of the full amount needed.
Prior to her court date, Pastor Lew and she prayed. While they prayed, Pastor mentioned the “the bag of money falling from the sky.” We believe God can do immeasurably more than we think to ask-so be bold in our asking!
After the court hearing, Pastor Lew was one of the first people she called. She told him, “Pastor Lew, a bag of money did not fall from the sky last night—BUT—God sent me an HOUR GLASS!” The court gave her 3 weeks to come up with the money needed. She was starting her new job which would give her a check in 2 weeks.
This sister in Christ may have more challenges ahead, but Trinity was able to provide her a wonderful example of what it means to trust in God and He will provide.
The HOME Ministry is working towards developing programs which, through collaboration with other organizations, will mentor and equip families who are facing eviction and homelessness. Please continue to pray for this ministry.
- NOTICE: Our Kids’ Closet activity is currently on hold due to COVID-19 Safety Precautions. We are not currently accepting donations. If there is an immediate need for clothing items, please contact Jenny Jaroneski at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Trinity’s Kids’ Closet is located in the Accessory Building on the north end of our main parking lot. it is open on Tuesdays from 2-6 pm. This is a free service available to Macomb County residents – there are NO price tags. Good will offerings are accepted. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responding to these hurting people is a vital part of who we are as members of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). We show mercy and love to our communities because of the great grace and love that God has first shown to us.
Trinity’s Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) trains to be prepared to show Christ’s love to the community when a disaster strikes.
Here are three ways you can help Trinity’s L.E.R.T Team:
1. Pray for L.E.R.T. as they work to assist those in need.
2. Volunteer your time to assist those disaster victims by training and showing your Christian compassion and mercy with dirty hands and a smiling face.
3. Support the Trinity L.E.R.T. Team with funding. As with all disasters, you hear the call for monetary donations. Money enables L.E.R.T. to help disaster victims by strategically placing the funds where needed most. When the call for help is placed, your Trinity L.E.R.T. Team is ready to GO.
MCREST shelters 60 people each night of the year by working with 65 churches that open their doors for a week at a time as a shelter. All meals, transportation, safety, clothing needs, laundry, etc. are provided by over 200 volunteers and a steering committee of 15.
Trinity began working with the MCREST program in 1999. Trinity Lutheran Church hosts 60 individuals and families (men, women and children) annually during the last full week of July. The Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST) offers job readiness, placement and additional learning resources to help those awaiting transitional housing. For more information regarding this program or organization please visit www.MCREST.org.
Motown Soup has been helping our community feed and shelter people by donating $1,265,000 over the past 15 years. This amount has been earned with the continued support of our volunteers and customers. Know that while you are eating our product, someone less fortunate is eating too. Because of your purchase today, you are helping support the fight to end homelessness or hunger right here in Michigan.
Motown Soup is a 100% volunteer organization. 100% of our profits are given to Michigan Non-Profits that are:
- Food Banks / Food Pantries
- Homeless Shelters
- Soup Kitchens
You can continue to support these groups through the purchase of the products offered by Motown Soup:
- Over 20 varieties of soup
- Baked Goods
- Gift Boxes for all occasions
Or partnering with Motown Soup through:
- Corporate Gifts (Tailored to your needs)
Make sure to visit us at: www.motownsoup.com for the most current and up-to-date information on:
- Product information/ordering for pick-up or to ship throughout the United States
- Where to purchase Motown Soup
- Motown Soup booths at craft shows and other events
- Volunteer Opportunities
- NOTICE: NSO’s drop-in shelter has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 Safety Precautions. Our team looks forward to continuing this ministry once the shelter is back in use.
- Neighborhood Service Organization is a drop-in shelter at MLK and Third in Detroit. Teams create a meal, transport it to the NSO where they set up a table on the sidewalk, and serve up to 150 people in 30 minutes. Teams operate each Saturday. The meal is prepared early afternoon in the church kitchen. If you are interested in volunteering, either with prepping the meal or serving, you can contact Jim at 586-226-4167 for more information.
- NOTICE: SSS Operations have changed due to COVID-19 Safety Precautions. At this time we are offering hot to-go meals and a sack lunch from 1-3 pm every Sunday from our church lobby. Showers and clothing operations are suspended until further notice.
- What began with only 1 or 2 guests in August, 2002, SSS has grown to average 110 guests each Sunday. 15% of our guests are homeless, and the rest of our guests are often income-challenged bringing them to a smorgasbord of a meal on Sundays from 3:30 to 5:00. We do have people who come to SSS for the fellowship that they don’t receive during the week.
- The meal (all you can eat until we roll you out) has been provided every Sunday for 12 years, even on holidays. Bible Study is from 2:30 to 3:30, showers are 2:00 to 4:00, haircuts (when available) are 3:30 to 4:30 and clothing is available from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A sack lunch is available to each guest as they leave.
- SSS is open to volunteers. At times, we are booked with volunteers for a number of weeks in advance. Volunteers make the sack lunches on Saturday (we have 5 teams on a rotating basis) as well as another set of volunteers doing the laundry for each weekend of the month. Four of our volunteers are Serve/Safe certified.
- Register to Volunteer on Sundays here: https://trinityutica.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/411224
- For more information on assisting with laundry or assembling sack lunches please email email@example.com.
Trinity Community Care is a free clinic established in 2013 in a 2000 square foot store front at 47511 Van Dyke, just north of 21 Mile Road, in Shelby Township. After merging local concerns for health of the poor with medical mission trips, a separate 501c3 non-profit was formed to provide answers to the uninsured and the under insured. Trinity Community Care offers dental and medical help at 47511 Van Dyke on Sundays. Troy Beaumont Hospital, Wheat Ridge Ministries and Motown Soup grants as well as other donations and fund raisers have helped TCC open their doors. Meaningful volunteer opportunities for clinicians and non-clinicians are available, where they will be able to see first-hand their impact on the local community.
Medical, dental, pharmacy, social and spiritual support services are provided to those with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. Medical services are available to those ages 19-64, and dental services to those aged 19 and older. Care is provided by volunteer doctors, nurses, social workers, dentists, hygienists, and assistants. Focusing on whole person care, clinic volunteers will also help patients navigate their care by offering individual support services, referrals, screenings, benefits counseling and educational classes during the week.
The clinic is currently open on Sundays by appointment only. For further information or to volunteer, please contact us at 586-649-3014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 Safety Precautions several events and activities have been suspended. To inquire regarding current volunteer opportunities, please email Jenny Jaroneski at email@example.com.
Supper / Sack Lunch / Shower (SSS): We reach out to the homeless and income challenged by providing for them a hot meal, shower, sack lunch, clothing and haircuts. Volunteers are needed weekly to prepare and serve food, equip our guests for their shower and help in our clothing closet. Time (for workers): Sundays 2:00-5:30 p.m. though we do have volunteers that begin as early as 12:00 p.m. Volunteers are required to wear a hat and are asked to wear clothing that might become damaged.
ADULTS: We established an adult clothing closet in 2007 which is available to our guests every Sunday during SSS from 3:30-500pm.
CHILDREN: A kid’s clothing closet also operates out of the accessory building on the north end of our parking lot. Every Tuesday from 2-6 clothing is available free of charge to families in need.
Volunteers are needed to sort incoming donations. A group of volunteers meet on Mondays and other times on an as needed basis. Clothing items are used here in our ministry as well as given to other local organizations in need.
Food Outreach at NSO (Neighborhood Service Organization): We have a team of individuals who cook every Saturday a meal and transport it to Detroit to serve to homeless individuals at NSO or occasionally at other ministry organizations in Detroit. Volunteers are needed to assist with food preparation and distribution on a weekly basis. Single Serve bags of chips, socks, and care packages are also provided to individuals in Detroit through this ministry here at Trinity.
Food Donation Preparation: Trinity receives a variety of donations from various sources on nearly a daily basis. Many donations from catering companies and restaurants are repurposed into meals by volunteers every Monday and Friday and distributed to ministries and organizations in our area or put to use for our weekly meal programs.
Emergency Food Assistance: Trinity also receives donations of canned and nonperishable items. These items are kept in the event that we encounter anyone in need of groceries. Volunteers are needed on a select basis to assist with organization and storage of these items so we can distribute them in the most efficient way when the need arises.
Trinity 4: The fourth Sunday of every month from 8am-12:30pm, a ministry supported by Trinity is highlighted during breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Volunteers are needed to assist with food preparation, Set-up and assist with keeping things flowing.
Motown Soup: This is a collaboration of volunteers, a separate 501(c)(3), who produce and sell soup mixes is housed here at Trinity. Soup mixes are made year round to sell during our busiest time of the year when the weather gets cold. Groups meet Tuesdays from 10:00 -noon or Tuesday night from 7:00-9:00 p.m. to package the mixes in our State Department of Agriculture licensed kitchen. We also look for volunteers to sell the mixes at craft shows. Join the soup community! Motown Soup gives all profits to nonprofits that are shelter, food bank, soup kitchens, and free clinics in the areas that soups are sold.
Annual Opportunities to Serve
MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team): This organization began in 1989 with 21 churches housing homeless citizens in Macomb County. MCREST guests receive meals, lodging, life-skills training, job readiness training, and emergency shelter 365 days of the year through a network of churches in Macomb County. Trinity’s houses MCREST guests for one week each year during the last full week in July.
Volunteer: Continuing to provide a temporary home to MCREST guests is only possible with the help of Trinity Volunteers. Anyone willing to give of his or her time during this week is welcome and appreciated. There are many jobs to be done and opportunities to serve include being a driver to transport people to/from work, doing a few loads of laundry, assisting with food preparation (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and assisting with facility supervision (5pm-8am – in shifts).
Salvation Army: Trinity volunteers ring bells in one hour increments the first three Saturdays in December at Lakeside Mall. This is a brief time commitment greeting shoppers and helping to raise funds for the Salvation Army.
Holiday Food Baskets: Trinity volunteers assemble donated items and assist with distributing baskets to individuals in need the weekend prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Christmas Toy Shop: Trinity volunteers assist with sorting donations of toys, games and clothing to be used at our annual Christmas Toy Shop at Trinity. There are many families in our community that are in need of Christmas Assistance. Our Toy Shop allows them to provide Christmas gifts to their children within their means. Volunteers are also needed during the event (the second Saturday in December) to assist guests with shopping, wrapping and occasionally provide transportation to and from the event.
Family Feud: Trinity hosts an annual fundraiser off-site to benefit six local 501©(3) Charities. Teams from charities play the game Family Feud against each other to compete for Prize Money. A strolling buffet of appetizers is served in four courses through the evening as a Silent Auction takes place. Volunteers are needed for event management, set-up and tear-down, food preparation, Silent Auction management and gathering donations for Silent Auction. Donations are also needed at this time of Silent Auction Baskets. All proceeds from the event are distributed to selected local charities.
Jesus has a heart for the whole world, so as His disciples at Trinity we also do. This heart is shown through our current partnerships listed below.
For over 15 years, Trinity has partnered with Pastor Paulino in reaching out to the Terena Indian people in Western Brazil. He has been able to give them hope as he shares Jesus with them. Trinity has not only been supporting him financially, but we also send short-term mission teams to help him in his efforts. We have sent several medical teams and also college student teams to help him offer hope to students and children through Vacation Bible School.
Working in partnership with the local Lutheran Church, our team will reach out with the love of Jesus as we provide medical care, community health education, and experience the life and culture of Haiti. This will be the eighth mission team to Ouanaminthe, Haiti! Although medical professionals are needed, we also welcome people without a medical background to assist in the clinic.
Rev. Daniel Paul leads a church, girls and boys orphanages, and a school in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, all of which are all government accredited. Support and oversight are supplied by North East Haiti Lutheran Mission (nehlm.org) – started by Faith Lutheran Church, La Grande, Oregon and Lamb of God LCMS, Lake Stevens, Washington. The Church in Ouanaminthe is recognized and in fellowship with Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).
Please pray and consider joining us in this incredible ministry.
LAMP is Lutheran Association of Missionary Pilots. LAMP is a cross-cultural ministry that has been sharing Jesus Christ with God’s people in remote areas of Canada since 1970 through the ministry of pastor/missionary/pilots, and short and long-term volunteers-in-mission. Each year over 5,000 children, youth and adults are impacted by the ministry of LAMP.
Why should you serve with LAMP?
1.) Opportunities to proclaim the gospel
“If we are sharing and showing love, we may be impacting someone without realizing it. If we can give His LOVE and HOPE to one person, it is a trip well worth the time.”
— LAMP Volunteer
2.) Eye-opening and life-changing experiences
“I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it would be difficult, but I had no idea how rewarding it would be to work with the children and see my fellow team members with kids clinging to them!”
— LAMP Volunteer
3.) Develop relationships and grow in faith
“I understand better that serving God is not always about the words we share, but often just about being there.”
— LAMP Volunteer
4.) The need to hear of God’s love found in Jesus
“While in the community, a young man working in the store thanked us for what we were doing. He remembered the previous LAMP team from Texas. He said it was because of VBS and the team that he believes in God and goes to church regularly… and then we saw him at church.”
— LAMP Volunteer
5.) Strong relationships and respect in the community with invitations to serve alongside them
“We sometimes need outside help to encourage those who are doing ministries in their communities. They help lots to bring the gospel to people who have no help and no hope. People think nothing will change. We need to give them hope in Christ. We need people to encourage the workers — pastors, ministers, etc. They rejuvenate and uplift us workers.”
— Pelican Narrows community member⠀
God taught me that His will is the best plan for my life. Every year I serve with LAMP, I am reminded of this truth, and it becomes very evident. (Steven – Sucker River, SK)
Trinity Lutheran Church has been sending teams in support of LAMP since 2015. Lately, we have been sending teams to Sucker River 156C Indian Reserve of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Saskatchewan, Canada. The team has been conducting vacation Bible school with the children of the community. We are also working on establishing relationships with members of the community. Last year we hosted a community dinner which allowed the team to make connections with the adults in the community. Each year the trip is the first full week of August. If you would like further information on LAMP or would consider taking part, please contact Cindy Gliesman at 586-557-5576.